Gas powered RC helicopters are some of the toughest and most exciting choppers to take to the sky in the RC world. These birds exhibit all of the power, torque, and top-notch flight performance of their full-scale cousins in a small package that is simply amazing. While these helicopters may look similar to their electric counterparts, they differ tremendously in the fact that gas powered RC helicopters are the most realistic thing you can fly short of sitting in the cockpit of a full-scale high-performance helicopter. Overall, these RC birds offer their pilots the chance to experience first-hand the exhilarating excitement of flying a top-notch chopper.
When it comes to gas powered RC helicopters, there are basically two different motor designs that power these choppers. The first is the traditional 2-stroke gasoline motor that uses a regular gas and oil mixture to fuel the motor. These choppers offer the most realistic performance possible in a RC helicopter because they recreate the performance characteristics of a full-size chopper. They also are capable of doing daredevil stunts and amazing aerobatic maneuvers. However, gasoline fueled helicopters are not easy to control, so you must be careful when you are first learning how to fly them.
The other design in gas powered RC helicopters is the nitromethane fueled chopper. These helicopters are a little faster than gasoline fueled birds, but they also can be a bit more temperamental. Therefore, if you choose to buy a nitromethane fueled helicopter, be prepared to spend a fair amount of time tuning the engine in order to keep it in optimal flying condition. A nitromethane fueled chopper is a fairly complex flying machine and therefore requires that a pilot really pays close attention to the aircraft in order to fully control it. A good recommendation before buying a bird like this is to spend a fair amount of time in a flight simulator learning how to control a nitromethane fueled chopper.
Because nitro and gas powered RC helicopters are complicated flying machines, it is a good idea to choose a chopper that is easy to learn and comes ready-to-fly from the factory. One chopper that fits the bill is the Thunder Tiger Raptor V2. This chopper is a very popular model that has a following of pilots from around the world that attest to the fact that it is...